Edward Mattke

Edward G. Mattke of Duluth, Minnesota was inducted into the Army on Nov. 17, 1942.

He was a Corporal with Battery C, 467th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion in northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe.

"My first combat experience was June 6, 1944, on Omaha Beach at Normandy. My outfit was scheduled for landing at H-plus-120 (2 hours after initial landing). Our halftrack flooded out before hitting the beach. Five of us swam to shore. The 467th participated in all five campaigns in the European Theater of Operations and ended up in Czechoslovakia on May 8, 1945, VE Day.

"We served on patrol duty in Munich until discharge in November." He received the: Bronze Service Arrowhead, Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle East Campaign Service Medal with 5 bronze battle stars, World War II Victory Medal three overseas service bars.

He was discharged on Nov. 10, 1945 at Camp McCoy, Wis.

Source: Hometown Heroes: The St. Louis County World War II Project. 196.

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